The apples and pears this year have been fantastic!Wild grapes have been very prolific(once I discovered where they were hiding)and the damson plums have been delicious but expensive. White pumpkins have arrived and I made two batches of pumpkin pickles during the week. I am planning to make apple pie filling, lemon pear cardamom preserves and maybe pickled pears during the next 3 days.
We are attending another Farmers Market on Tuesday’s at Horseshoe Pond in Concord 2 o’clock to 5:30pm. Come on down to the Market!
Ah….canning season in full swing. I just wish the Red Sox were good enough
to get to the World series.It’s not that I am a rabid baseball fan, but my husband and I listen to the game while I can and we both miss it when there is no Red Sox game. When the play-offs start I will be canning late into the night , listening to a Baseball game with teams I do not care about.
So back to canning….
It is amazing how long it takes to process 213lbs of plum tomatoes before they start to deteriorate. Last year the tomato harvest
occurred over a month and half period ,but this year everything seems to be ripening at the same time. It is awesome to have so much wonderful produce,but so little time to complete this herculean task.
In between preparation of the tomatoes and roasting them, I am trying to make jelly,jam,pectin
and pickles……….But the bounty will soon decrease and the pace will slow…….I hope.
I have been canning 8-10 hrs a day everyday. But Brandon is working the Farmers Markets and taking care of the animals, so he is working just as hard.
I have picked 37lbs of Raspberries, 47lbs cucumbers ,24lbs of the cucumbers are for pickling and the rest are for Indian Style Cucumber Relish and Cucumbers with lemon. My neighbor Patty has been selling me her greenhouse tomatoes which I took possession of today,37lbs of small paste tomatoes and 35lbs of big paste tomatoes. My weekend has been filled with roasting tomatoes, canning pizza passata, preparing tomatoes and ingredients for Barbecue Relish. Tomorrow I will be making pickles, more pickles, then back to the tomatoes and barbecue relish.
We have taken on a Pembroke Corgi who was being fostered by our vet’s niece who is a dog trainer and behaviourist. Her name is Zorra(Spanish for fox) and she is faun with a white streak on the back of her head. She is 8-10 months old and is a very nice dog! So now she is one of the 1482 Wild Dogs!
I am looking at 2 boxes of Plum tomatoes one box weighs 34 lbs and the other box weighs 37lbs. I also received 21lbs of baby beets and have 10lbs of cucumbers that Brandon is planning to make sour pickles for home use only. It will be a late night!
It was supposed to rain today, but it ended up being a beautiful day ,bright ,warm and sunny. After the farmers market I went to pick Raspberries at Pustizzi Fruit Farm in Boscawen NH and I will go back tomorrow if the weather holds to pick blueberries. I love picking berries at Joe’s , it is relaxing and most of the time I am the only one who is picking. So I pump up the tunes on my MP3 player and pick till I reach 7lbs for blueberries and at least 2lbs for raspberries.
I stopped at Richardson’s on my way home to get tomatoes and a quart of their home made Vanilla Ice cream, which I am planning to eat soon with some of the Nectarine Raspberry compote.
A dozen plus ears of corn are steamed and ready to take off the cob. The corn will be added to the Zucchini,onions and colored peppers for the Corn Zucchini relish.